Tuna Heke

Tuna Heke – Season Open

The Tuna season will be open until the Pou Tuna arrives

Season Open


Tēnā koutou katoa kā kaihao tuna,
Nei rā te mihi kau atu ki a koutou katoa.

The tuna season will commence on February 1st 2016. The lake is a customary lake and only those of Kāi Tahu descendant can hold a permit. A permit is required if you are fishing for more than 6 tuna. Permits can be arranged via the Wairewa Rūnanga Office, 377 1513 or wairewa@ngaitahu.iwi.nz and can be picked up at Rehua Marae (top floor) between 9 – 4.30pm, Monday – Friday. Permits will last 1 week, with a maximum of 200 tuna allowed per person for the tuna season. Permits can be issued in advance, so you can plan ahead and get a permit for the week you plan to go fishing. Only one permit will be issued at a time, and if no returns given, no new permit will be issued.

Nāhaku noa
Nā Wairewa Tangata Tiaki
Robin Wybrow, Rei Simon, Theo Bunker, Iaean Cranwell, Wayne Robinson


Kawa of the Drains:

Wairewa Rūnanga is the recognised kaitiaki of Te Roto o Wairewa and the tangata tiaki are their gazetted representatives. We are trying to restore the customary fishery and our traditions around the lake.

  • Limit of 200 eels only per person for the year
  • If fishing for a marae, a permit for 100 eels may be issued
  • If fishing for kaumātua, a permit of 10 eels may be issued
  • Permit must be held while fishing
  • Permits will be available from our office if enough notice is given or from the tangata tiaki
  • No catch returns, no more permits, no excuses
  • No fishing in canal
  • Fishing in drains only (no tubbing)
  • This is a customary fishery (no sale of eels)
  • Help to prepare drains
  • No walking in the drains
  • No crossing or bridging drains
  • Only take as many as you can clean and process
  • The season is from February to April only
  • Catch tally must be returned to tangata tiaki who signed it before next permit will be issued
  • Have consideration for others while using lights
  • Keep noise to a minimum at all times
  • Season ends on drains when big females arrive or when tangata tiaki decide. No more permits will issued after this date. Lake likely to be opened at this time
  • If fishery continues to decline we may have to consider a Rāhui and or bylaws
  • If kawa is broken or not followed, bylaws under the mātaitai may be implemented
  • No Alcohol, drugs or food to be consumed at the drains
  • No urinating in or near drains
  • No hinaki or any other form of trap or net is permitted
  • Share the Drains

The tuna season is open until advised by the Tangata Tiaki.  Customary fishing permits for tuna can be obtained through the Wairewa office on Springfield Road, St. Albans. Call 03 377 1513.